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Rapid Reaction: Devils 2, Hawks 1

3/28/2012

Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' loss to the Devils on Tuesday night.

How it happened: New Jersey won it after five rounds in a shootout with Travis Zajac getting the winner. Andrew Shaw couldn’t match him as the Hawks' last hope. The visitors went 1-for-5 with Patrick Sharp the lone scorer in the shootout. A first period power-play goal by Peter Sykora nearly held up as the Hawks struggled once again with their own man advantages. But Brent Seabrook tied it in the third period after a nice play by Niklas Hjalmarsson and then Dave Bolland. But it would be all the scoring the Hawks would get despite outshooting New Jersey 38 to 22. Even more amazing is that none of those 38 shots on net came on the power play, including 1:08 of 5-on-3 time. The Hawks went 0-4 on the power play, including one at the end of regulation which was negated when Marian Hossa was called for tripping.

What it means: Much will -- and should be -- be made of the Hawks power play struggles as they incredibly failed to get a shot on goal in four attempts. That’s eight consecutive tries over two games without a shot on net, let alone a goal. It’s inexcusable the Hawks would get over a minute of 5-on-3 time and still not earn a shot. It simply lets the opposing goaltender off the hook. In this case, it was Martin Brodeur, who was very good 5-on-5 but was never challenged when the Devils were down a man and it may have cost the Hawks a point. Still, it was a gutsy road effort after getting down a goal. The Hawks nearly pulled off the win but do get a point despite the continued power play struggles.

Montador leaves: Playing in his first game in 23 due to a concussion, Montador had to leave after colliding with Mark Fayne early in the third period.

What’s next: The Hawks return home for Game No. 40 at the United Center on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.